Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
Lopez finished 4th overall in the Ann Arbor Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:48. He placed 1st in his age group of 20-24. This a new school record for CCSJ.
“Words cannot express how proud I am of Hector. His training for the past 10 weeks has been very intense and draining, but he pushed through it with the goal in mind of qualifying for Nationals. On Sunday he did just that. It was a tough course and very chilly, but his mental toughness and desire to succeed was shown through him pushing through every mile. It was an outstanding race to watch and I am looking forward to him competing again at the NAIA National Meet at the end of May,” said Coach Luehrs.
Thompson took fourth overall in the event with a jump of 14.80m. Thompson reached this distance on his fifth jump of the day. Thompson jumped for 14.49m in his first and third jumps, fouling on his second. His fourth jump was at 14.62 before his fifth jump of 14.80 landed him All-American honors.
"I am extremely proud of Phillip on his accomplishment at nationals. To finish 4th place is an outstanding accomplishment. I am looking forward to seeing seeing the great marks to come in the outdoor season." Said Head Coach Rachel Luehrs
Thompson was the lone representative for CCSJ at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, qualifying on February 14th at the Chicagoland Championships. Thompson won the triple jump at the Chicagoland Championships with a mark of 15.09m.
There were some great highlights on the men’s side as they continue to impress with each meet. Phillip Thompson finished 1st in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 15.09m which currently put him second in the nation for the NAIA. This jump qualifies for Thompson for the NAIA Indoor Championships in Geneva, OH. This is also the new school record for CCSJ. Matthew Stewart finished 4th in the high jump while Blake Wallace finished 11th in the long jump. Combined with the women, there were seventeen season best times.
“I could not be happier with how the men’s team performed. They continue to improve at every meet. We have a pretty young team, but the hard work and improvements that they are making are phenomenal. Altogether, we had 14 season best times and one NAIA ‘A’ Standard Qualifying Mark. There are huge things to come for this team and I am looking forward to the great times and marks w will have at our last indoor meet this Friday,” said Coach Luehrs.
The men will return to action on Friday when they compete in the GVSU Tune-Up in Allendale, Michigan.